resources for families

Support for NFP families and others who need help managing the disruptions in every day life and work created by the COVID-19 pandemic:

Staying Connected

The COVID-19 Pandemic has profoundly changed almost every aspect of life for families across the nation, including the more than 38,000 new families served by Nurse-Family Partnership®. We know that many NFP families are facing illness, job loss and disruption in critical services alongside fear and anxiety. But, NFP families, and the NFP nurses that support them, are strong and resilient. In responding to this crisis, NFP nurses haven’t skipped a beat. Thanks to the creativity, tenacity and skill of our nationwide team we have:

  • Quickly shifted to 100% telehealth services nationwide, building on lessons learned from three years of implementing telehealth as a supplement to live visits.
  • Adapted our enrollment and nursing education processes so that we can keep adding new nurses and enrolling moms in need safely.
  • Established a partnership with Verizon to put phones and cell phone service into the hands of moms who need them to access telehealth.
  • Advocated for increased flexibility in government funding streams that support NFP and similar programs to allow for telehealth and to support meeting tangible needs for families.

CHALLENGES & SOLUTIONS

Challenge: NFP nurses are being redeployed to support COVID-19 Response. As of mid-April, about 13% of our nursing workforce in various parts of the country is being reassigned to respond directly to COVID-19 cases.
 Solution: Telehealth and Flexible Visit Schedules By leveraging telehealth visits and maximizing the flexibility in visit schedule built into the NFP model, nurses are finding ways to successfully keep supporting NFP moms while reassigned. Our nurses truly are public health heroes. 

Challenge: Some NFP moms don’t have the technology to access telehealth. A national survey revealed that at least 2000 NFP families did not have access to a mobile phone or internet connection to be able to stay connected with their nurse virtually.
 Solution: Telehealth and Flexible Visit Schedules By leveraging telehealth visits and maximizing the flexibility in visit schedule built into the NFP model, nurses are finding ways to successfully keep supporting NFP moms while reassigned. Our nurses truly are public health heroes. 

Challenge: Addressing sensitive issues via telehealth Some NFP moms are dealing with sensitive issues like violence in the home, substance use disorder, or mental health needs, that can be harder to address virtually.
 Solution: Bring expert advice and support to give nurses confidence in addressing these topics virtually. NFP nurses have the skills and education to address sensitive topics like intimate partner violence, which we are boosting with additional support and education from experts about how to use assess and address these issues via telehealth. 

NFP Nurses

NFP nurses are well positioned to provide guidance to moms and their families (including infants and children) regarding when to seek medical care and when to utilize information lines or reschedule appointments if possible (e.g. a routine well-child checkup). They are also able to ensure families are connected to additional resources in the community needed during this crisis, such as access to food or housing assistance.

Even though Kim can’t make in-person visits, she uses phone calls and video chats to continue to help NFP families cope with sometimes overwhelming personal challenges – connecting them with service agencies, advising them on medical and psychological problems as they develop, and listening, always listening. Meet Nurse Kim

Public Policy

Our policy priorities during this crisis reflect both the programmatic flexibilities that are needed to continue to deliver NFP to moms who need it, but also the healthcare and social services that will be required to meet their heightened needs during this time. Learn more about our expanded public policy priorities in response to COVID-19 including emergency funding for MIECHV, Medicaid and healthcare coverage and access to broadband, wireless and childcare.

NFP PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) were signed into law in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, these bills provide free coronavirus testing, establish short-term paid leave, enhance unemployment insurance, expand food assistance programs and increase federal funding for housing assistance. For most of these provisions, relevant federal agencies will be working directly with states to get the resources and relief to the families that need it.

COVID-19 Legislation: Provisions that Benefit NFP Families

General guidance about COVID-19

  • We strongly advise you to access information about COVID-19 directly from vetted sources that are updated regularly. Two examples are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO)
  • For guidance regarding pregnant women and children, the CDC has a “specific groups” information page which is updated regularly.
  • Stay current with local updates and guidance on clinical practice from your local, or state, public health authorities.